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March 2011

Gold Motel comes to St. Louis with the sounds of summer

Gold Motel comes to St. Louis with the sounds of summer

They’re DIY, but they aren’t punk rock. Their songs are in Italian commercials, but they haven’t released anything in Europe. And they’re from Chicago—but don’t hold that against them.

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three Win Independent Music Award for "Riverboat Soul"

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three Win Independent Music Award for "Riverboat Soul"

The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards has named Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three's "Riverboat Soul," as the winner of its Americana category.

"The Clan of the Cave Bear" Author Visits St. Louis April 4

Jean Auel will be at the library reading from "The Land of Painted Caves," her sixth and final book in the "Earth's Children," series.

Wish You Were Here: "Venus Envy: Venus Rising"

Wish You Were Here: "Venus Envy: Venus Rising"

If you let the snow keep you inside this weekend, you missed several premiere St. Louis events, including "Venus Envy: Venus Rising."

Review: The Pale King

Review: The Pale King

David Foster Wallace's final novel moves, as he had always hoped, beyond metafiction.

Review: I Saw The Devil

This ultra-violent Korean horror film is far more than genre cinema; it surprises with subtle plot twists, artful cinematography and some great performances.

Pavlov's Dog Still Has Some Bite

Pavlov's Dog Still Has Some Bite

Pavlov’s Dog is back again, news that will have prog rock fans in some quarters drooling like…well, like the real Pavlov’s Dog.

Review: "Beehive: The 60's Musical" at The Rep

Review: "Beehive: The 60's Musical" at The Rep

The Rep's Beehive is all color with no substance.

Review: "The Real McCoy" at the Black Rep

Review: "The Real McCoy" at the Black Rep

The cast puts in great performances—but the script could use a good editor.

You Must Believe in Spring: "Jazz at Holmes" pays Tribute to Bill Evans

You Must Believe in Spring: "Jazz at Holmes" pays Tribute to Bill Evans

Jazz pianist Kara Baldus Vandiver loves Bill Evans’ music as much as I do, but she can actually play it—and play it she will, at a free Jazz at Holmes concert at Washington University, the evening of April 7.

Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

A look at Rebecca Skloot's groundbreaking book, in anticipation of her visit to the Missouri History Museum on Wednesday, March 23.

Band of Letters: R.E.M.'s "Collapse Into Now"

Band of Letters: R.E.M.'s "Collapse Into Now"

These days, R.E.M. are anything but simple. The songs on "Collapse into Now" are busily produced, with shifting, twisting rhythms; but they still flaunt R.E.M.’s beating-around-the-bush catchiness; and on this album the combo is in full-personality gear.

American City: St. Louis Architecture, Three Centuries of Classic Design

American City: St. Louis Architecture, Three Centuries of Classic Design

Writer Robert Sharoff and photographer William Zbaren spent the summer of 2007 living in St. Louis as intrepid documentarians, urban archeologists and ersatz artists in residence. The result is a lush coffeetable book that shows off the city as a beautiful, 250-year-old work-in-progress.

Kayak at the Confluence Honors Legendary Bay Area Lit Mag Publisher, George Hitchcock

Though Hitchcock was a prominent figure in the Bay Area poetry scene of the 1960s, the largest national tribute to him takes place in St. Louis this weekend, and poets and writers around the country are flying in for it.

Just the Facts, Ma'am: The St. Louis Science Center, Darwin, and Climate Change

Just the Facts, Ma'am: The St. Louis Science Center, Darwin, and Climate Change

The St. Louis Science Center doesn’t court controversy, but as a couple of recent temporary exhibitions in the building attest, they don’t avoid it, either.

Hey, Kids! Next Week is Hell Week

Hey, Kids! Next Week is Hell Week

Printmaker Tom Huck's Hell Week, six days of "bad-ass alternative evening printertainment," kicks off on Monday; the Southern Graphics Council's conference, which includes art openings and parties all over the city, starts on Wednesday, runs through Saturday, with a huge even up and down Cherokee on Friday.

Settling Scores: A Short History of Music in Film

Settling Scores: A Short History of Music in Film

Now that the red carpet is rolled up like a map that had only one route, and movie people have come down from their Oscar high, it seems a good moment to examine an ego-free component of filmmaking: the music.

Arts News for Wednesday, March 9

HerStory Weekend, a plethora of printmaking events, and this week's St. Louis Independent Bookstore Bestseller List.

When Merle Met Branson

When Merle Met Branson

Merle Haggard returns to Missouri to play the Fox on Wednesday...despite the deep psychic wounds inflicted by his time in Branson, which he claims was worse than San Quentin.

Hothouse Powers: The Climatron 50 Book Enchants

Hothouse Powers: The Climatron 50 Book Enchants

In honor of today's 50 degree temperatures, which has surely triggered some trips to the Botanical Garden, we take a look at a book honoring the Climatron's 50th birthday.

He’s Broke, But It’s Okay: Charlie Chaplin’s Features at the Webster Film Series

He’s Broke, But It’s Okay: Charlie Chaplin’s Features at the Webster Film Series

Throughout March, the Webster Film Series will be offering a refresher course in Chaplin’s profound and diverse talents with screenings of eight of his most celebrated self-directed feature films, spanning more than three decades

How to Face the Music

How to Face the Music

Realizing that all the performing arts share common goals, the New Jewish Theatre is expanding its offerings to include an exciting and innovative new chamber music series.

Go to the Mardi Gras?

Go to the Mardi Gras?

To take or not to take Professor Longhair's advice? That is the question.

Arts Datebook: Week of February 28

Arts Datebook: Week of February 28

A cupcake wagon at the Contemporary, a live broadcast of the Bolshoi Ballet at Galaxy 14 Cine, and Ragtime at the Scott Joplin House.

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